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Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00am EST
disputing now he was claimed. >>> how schools are using technology to help students overcome severe disabilities to gain an education. >> welcome back, recordings of calls made to 911 during the sandy hook massacre will be made public on wednesday afternoon. a connecticut judge ruled they should be released. officials in newtown opposed the ruling. 20 children and six adults from killed on december 14th, 2012, when adam lanza opened fire in the school. a report says yasser arafat was not poisoned by radio active polonium, contradicting research by swiss scientists. they said they found high levels of the radioactive substance in the man's body. randall pinkston reports. >> in death as in life yasser arafat is a lightening rod for controversy. nine years after his burial forensic experts in france concluded that yasser arafat was not the victim of polonium poisoning. that contradicts findings by swiss findings and supported the death by polonium 210. >> the french team found traces of poll ownium, but it was naturally caused. >> translation: you can imagine to what extent i'm upset b
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm EST
with the tract. >> have they talked about technology, right, that may have prevented -- actually prevented the crash, can you tell us about that? >> it's called positive train control, it is a very sophisticating technology. it uses computers, and gps satellite sensors on the track. a central control system. could that have helped here? we asked ntsb board member about that. seven. >> which is a technical name for a system that prevents trains from occupying the same set of tracks. it does provide signals for the train to slow. question don't know if that would have made a difference, we will be looking at that. >> now, congress has man tated that positive train control be on the runs by the end of 2015, but a number of rail lines including the one involved in this accident, have said they will not meet that deadline. lisa appreciate it. this afternoon, it happens we will of course bring you live updates. now to asia. where vice president has voiced strong opposition to the new defense zone in the east china sea. >> we are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status q
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm EST
's troubled police department. >>> a group of scientists is using 21st century technology to map rome's ancient aqueducts. al jazeera's claudia lavonga gives us an inside look. >> a downward spiral into ancient rome where history meets technology. this group of archaeologists is busy mapping aqueducts built during ancient times. using 3d scanners, and laser beams, they hope to are open up sphwhrshes. >> the exactpathy of many aqueducts is not known. this ancient romans wanted to protect their waterways, by building these underground, preventing enemies from cutting their water supply. >> water in the aqua vigo still flows niezly near the spanish steps. supply ancient rome with water, source 20 kilometers away. more than 2,000 years later it's still in use and yet it's path and structure remain a bit of a mystery. this is where the water flows into some of rome's most famous fountains. a celebration of the abundance of water that allowed imperial rome to prosper and conquer the world. a few miles from the center of rome, the aqueduct still stands, this was one of the ak we deducts mapp
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 10:00am EST
, it's often said if you want to understand the latest piece of technology you should ask a child. but a new survey suggests that there is a price to be paid. let's go back to lauren. >> that's right. children may be one step ahead of their parents when it comes to the latest gadgets but it comes at a cost of traditional skills such as handwriting or spelling. >> it's playtime at this nursery, and these toddlers are exercising their coloring and drawing skills. they're also learning to cut and paste. not just with paper and glue but on computers. with technology being a central part of every day life they need to figure out how to point and click. >> this daycare facility in west london has a special technology course for children once a week. they learn on computers like this. by the time they reach school age they know how to navigate a keyboard and a computer mouse. but there are concerns that the early use of tablets and computers is making it difficult for children to learn tasks like using a pen and pencil and the use of a computer makes it difficult for children to learn ne
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 11:00pm EST
you have another person there to remind you of the upcoming situation. >> what about the technology, which might take control of the train if it appears that the engineer isn't responding properly? >> well, positive train control is a system that monitors the engine. there's computers on the engine that communicates with satellites and the signalling systems, they will or should have safeguards. when you go from a high speed section. track to a slow speed corner to a curve. he was doing 82. i think the curve was rated for 30 mph, and so the speed in that area was 70. that would have overcome his lapse or his - the inattention that came across with it, in that time frame. >> do you think changes need to be made now? >> yes, i think they do. these requests for extensions are - would be - especially in the passenger side, are a huge problem, i think. i know the la, where they had that terrible metro accident 25 people killed. they are going be online in a month or so. they'll be testing. there's no reason why the carriers can't develop these processes. these are billion dollar corporat
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> hassan rouhani described the pursuit of nuclear technology as a definite right, and said that iran has a right to live without sanctions. >>> demonstrators of ukraine are back on the street after reports of a meeting between its president and the russian president vladimir putin. the meetings sparked fears that ukraine would agree to deals with the russians rather than the european union. >> there are reports that there have been deals signed with russia worth $174 million of aid. ukraine needs this money simply to pay its creditors. it's reserves are start to go run low and it is in dire economic circumstances. these reports are unconfirmed yet they spread more angrier gons th angs demonstrators because of the it's president failed to sign a deal with the e.u. and sunday they are planning a big one. they want to repeat the successful mobilization that they had last weekend here. and they desperately need to keep this momentum going because they know if they mail to do that, then president yanukovych may well hang on to power with moscow's help. >> keep it there. we have much more com
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 3:00am EST
the ancient times. using the state of the art technology, they hope to shed light on the obscure network of the underground waterways. >> parts of many aqueducts are not known. the ancient romans want to protect the waterways, preventing enemies from cutting water supplies. most aqueducts did not survive the test of time, water still flows nicely next to the spanish steps. >> the aqueduct was built in the year 19 before christ supplied ancient rome with water. it's in use, and yet the path and structure remain a bit of a mystery. this is where the water flows into some of rome's famous fountains. a celebration of the abundance of water allowing rome to prosper and conquer the world. a few miles from the center of roam. it stands as a symbol of roman ingen eenious. this was one mapped by british archeologists, thomas ashby, who drew the map of the waterways in the 1920s. a starting point for today's archeologists. >> translation: ashby travelled on foot all over, asking locals and farmers for signs. aqueducts. we are continuing his work with the help of modern technology, tracking back 2,
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
accident and the new technology that could reduce the chance of disaster. on al jazeera america and join the conversation online @ajamstream. >> this isn't a new channel, this is a watershed moment in media for america. >> this entire region is utterly devastated. >> people our here are struggling. >> the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period. >> two former police officers are now on trial for beating the -- the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man in california. [screaming. >> the officers are facing charges from involuntary manslaughter to murder in the death of kelly thomas. two years ago, officers were seen on video punching and kicking the man at a bus depot. they say the man had been acting violently. another camera caught the rea
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm EST
on computers. with technology being in the central part of everyday life, they also need to figure out how to point ant click. this care facility in west london has a special technology course for the children each week. they learn on computers like this. by the time they reach school age they know how to navigate the computer keyboard and the mouse. but it's making difficult for children to learn a simple task of 11ing a pen and pencil, or persevere at new things. own 53% of boys aged five are able to write simple stores or list at the expected level. in girls that number is 69%. the manager here says getting the balance right is essential. >> whether we provide scissors, pencils, felt tip or even brushes to do their painting we are teaching no skills. we are developing them grasping to palm ar grip or prepencil. i would say it's the balance of both. we've got to give children the exposure because technology is going to be their future as well. >> under a new early learning curriculum in the u.k, children are expected to use the range of technology used at home and in school. they are als
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
's where we are at this point. lisa, transportation experts have talked about technology that may, and we underline that, may have prevented the crash. what can you tell bus that? >> reporter: it's called positive train control, and it essentially takes over the train if the engineer fails to brake or slow down when he should. the ntsb says they have been pushing for this for decades, and they went so far as to saying it could have prevented this crash if it was on this train. it's mandated it's a few years away. >> lisa, thank you. it's political crisis that has changen thailand's capitol for a week. prime minister yingluck shinawatra ordered police to stop battling with anti-government protesters. the majority of the protesters are middle and upper class residents of bangkok who have been fighting with people from poor and rural areas who support the prime minister. now the protesters have accused the prime minister of being a proxy for her brother, former prime minister who was ousted in a coup in 2006. they accuse her government of being corrupt. we have more. >> reporter: it was expe
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00am EST
believes them. >> you have to think about the scale of amazon, if they deploy this technology, they'll do it on a high scale. the technology advances at amazon, and if the faa puts the infrastructure in place, i don't see why it wouldn't. >> an order is boxed in a warehouse, attached to the drone and sent to the delivery address. 5 pounds much weight is allowed. one of the technical issues. >> how do we make them safe, that they can't be hacked and will not fall out of the sky or run into something. >> provided that is ironed out privacy concerns will prop up. it should have a plan that is riggerous. it should articulate to the federal aviation body. >> folks took to twitter to comment. many made light of it. jim priest writes: there's also a parody twitter address for amazon saying: somebody actually did put up one of these yellow notes that they put on twitter saying: drone delivery would have to comply with faa rules. they will not be complete until 2015 as mandated by congress. until then, don't expect a package on your porch coming from the sky. >> even if the faa approves drone stri
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
and derailed in bridgeport, connecticut. some experts argue that the technology exists and could help prevent deadly accidents like sunday's derailment. jake ward joins us from san francisco with that. jake, what sort of technology are we talking about? >> john, it's called a positive control system. positive train control is where the ntsb i has been pushing for0 years. the combination of gps sensors, sensors in the tracks, control sensors and remote control in the trains to compensate when a driver has been disabled, incapacitated or not paying attention. >> is there any difference between passenger trains and freight trains and the technology that they have? >> well, the difference really has to do with just how incredibly dangerous a train can be depending on what it's carrying. we've seen in new york the dangerous situation where trains are full the people. but even trains without people on board canner dangerous. in 2005 in south carolina, there was a terrible crash in which a tanker full of chlorine basically atomized in the air and a cloud of this poisonous gas caused the evacuation o
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
and technology industry. the story now from the steel city. sow much -- leafs his home, built on old industry and sets out for technology zone in the city where tax rates are low, and creativity is high. there's reasons to love pittsburgh, and then with that culture, and that rich thans' here, there's reasons to stay. it's the pittsburgh miracle. market forces weren't going to replace the steel industry. the city clawed back. >> i cannot recall pittsburgh ever saying that we want to be like some place else. two region has said what do we need to do to make ourselves better. that fits our needs. the history of industry and research, as well as business magnets loyal to their hometown, helped them become a leadner healthcare and technology. >> successful reinvention through building on what you have. >> what exactly is being celebrated? the economic indicators don't show success, so much as a lack of failure. pittsburgh rates 50 second of the u.s.' 100 largest cities. based on job growth, unemployment, gdp, and home prices. the narrative reveal as failure of imagination among local and national
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 6:00pm EST
technology is changing. what's next in online shopping. >> the woman behind the most read peace ever joining me on her day job. . > >>> . >>> welcome to al-jazeera america, iran's foreign minister is trying to assure leaders in the gulf states that a nuclear deal signed in geneva is in the region's best interest. my colleague sat down with the foreign minister who told him, iran will adhere to the proposed guidelines. >> iran will continue its enrichment at 5%, and iran will continue construction work at iraq. iran has agreed not to do certain activities that fall within the scope of this timetable and this plan of action. we have also agreed to provide specific rather thanniarrangeme eiea for them to continue. in fact, in most cases continue monitoring our activities. >> zar if praised the government of iran for helping iran and other world leaders reach the agreement. a judge sentenced a hospital worker to 39 years in prison for infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis c, david kwykowski admitted to stealing painkillers and replacing them. he was a cardiac technologist before his arrest
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 12:00pm EST
the deal for reduced economic sanctions. he describe the pursuit nuclear technology was, quote a definite and feels that iran has the right to live without sanctions. >> china is on high alert. the "world health organization" says since march of this year there has been a search for the bird flu in hong kong. >> when there is an infection. the infection is very serious. >> that's why hong kong has shut down it's poultry markets. while will is no evidence that the h 7 n 9 strain spreads from human to human. there are fears that i there isa potential for a pan democrat. >> okay. they're taking this very seriously. this strain of influenza of birds often does not make the birds sick. you can't follow the sick. >> i see the front lines of vaccine research for the strain over in china funded by the national institute of health there is a team of a dozen doctors and scientists working to find a real vaccine to treat people around the world. >> dr. katherine edwards joined that search. >> the chinese were very good about sharing the virus with the with who and with the cdc so we could begin to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am EST
church. for years the national transportation safety board wants technology to prevent derailments caused by excessive speed and in 2008 congress passed a law giving railroad until 2015 for positive control systems and they are designed to prevent human error which is the cause of 40% of train accidents. but since they are pretty expensive and a bit complicated to install, railroads want to push back the deadline by 5-7 years. but metro north is actually in the process of installing such a system and currently it does have an automatic train control system in place which allows the train to apply the brakes even if an engineer does not respond to an excessive speed alert. that train was headed to new york's grand central terminal where al jazeera's jennifer glass is covering the delays. jennifer do you have any idea when the trains will be backup and running? >> no, morgan, we don't. we know the transit authority will want to get them running as soon as possible because it's the second biggest line in the country and 26,000 on the hudson line which was effected but metropolitan are expect
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
. we just need people now that we are getting the technology fixed we need to go back and take a look at what is actually going on. because it can make a difference in your lives. and the lives of your families. >> so the president once again outlined tributes we have heard many times before. you can stay on your parents policy until you are 26. you may not be barred from insurance if you have pre-existing conditions. closing the gap for seniors. the president trying to get back on message and sk divert the pus public's attention. >> what are the critics saying. the critics are not nullified. john bayeonmany times the insure companies are not gettinget correctcorrect levels in about m if they are getting any information at all. you cathe 41 million americans o have got without insurance and some 7 million that the administration wants to sign up on healthcare.gov by next march that final deadline, those folks are very concerned watching closely as well. >> mike at the white house, thanks very much. >> okay. >> right now we have a major snow event that is going on across the northern t
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am EST
ambassador says drone technology is becoming commonplace, not much more sophisticated than a toy model aircraft. he believes the u.n. will use many more of them. >> translation: other missions are saying, "we will need drones that would improve protection of soldiers to see if threats are out there and ensure protection of civilians." >> for now the u.n., and the drones in the congo are a one off. their effectiveness is being closely monitored. >> the democratic republic of congo has claimed close to 300 lives, some as a direct result because of disease and malnutrition. the vatican is refusing a request about clenchy sexually abusing children. a survey was sent asking about details of abuse cases. the vatican said such information is confidential. the holly seer will not reveal the information unless requested by government or state for league at processing proceedings. >>> pope francis will meet with the cardinal he picked to help reform the church. it's the second day of church. a church spokesperson says they are working on an indepth revision. six continents are represented on the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 1:00pm EST
't want to put you in handcuffs. handcuffs. >> now the innovative technology >> now the innovative technology that can spot a stolen car that can spot a stolen car parked in the middle of a city parked in the middle of a city block. block. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> it can track a gunman >> it can track a gunman thousands of miles away. thousands of miles away. >> if you can track it then you >> if you can track it then you can predict it. can predict it. >> this isn't a new channel, >> this isn't a new channel, this is a watershed moment this is a watershed moment in media for america. in media for america. >> this entire region is utterly >> this entire region is utterly devastated. devastated. >> people our here are >> people our here are struggling. struggling. >> the fire jumped the highway >> the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. we took earlier. >> your average viewer want's to >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the actually understand how the health care law is going to help health care law i
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am EST
jazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> the world's biggest technology companies are demanding to u.s. surveillance laws. they have written an open letter to president obama and they say the government needs to preserve people's trust in the internet. what are they demanding and are they proposing reforms. >> reporter: that's a good question, but first what they're demanding from the u.s. government is five principles to be respected. the core principles is the end to the mass data collecting. we've learned from edward snowdon is the collecting and storing. they say that has to end. there has to be more of a legal framework and more accountability and transparency about these operations. they're very worried. these internet companies say they're worried as a result customers around the world simply aren't going to use their services if there is going to be a direct line to the government. as you suggested there are questions that aren't addressed. for stars, why do these companies collect so much information about us in the first place. maybe if they didn't collect so much informat
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 4:00pm EST
to discuss amazon's vision for drone technology is tech crunch writer, alex wilhelm. great to speak to you. what do you think about this? what's the potential here? the applications? is this fundamentally down the road a few years a game changer? >> yeah. well, they are very confident this will happen. you have to realize the scale of amazon. they don't do things in small ways. if they are going to deploy this, they are going to do it on a wide scale. presuming the technology advances as it has internally at am zon and the f.a.a. gets it in place, i don't see how this doesn't come very large in about five years. >> how about some of the issues here, the drawbacks, the idea of hacking into those things? those things falling out of the sky, liability. >> fear mongering. >> what do you thing? >> amazon is a smart company. they built awv, the backbone of much of the internet. i am pretty sure they can build a drone that can't be hacked. these are small issues compared to what technology could do for consumers. >> usual not worried about this thing being hacked by one of us? you are worried abo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 11:00am EST
transportation experts have been talking about this technology that may have prevented the crash. can you tell us a little bit more about that. . >> good morning, stephanie. it's called positive train control. it's a safety system that congress has mandated for the railroads. it is supposed to be in place by the end of 2015. it is partially a computer system, but it uses gps, and senators on the train and tracks. we talked with ntsb board member earlier today about this system. >> positive train control, which is a -- a technical name for a system that prevents trains from occupying the same set of tracks. it does provide signals for the train to slow. we don't know if that would have made a difference in this accident. we'll certain be looking at that. >> this is a very complicated and expensive system to install. metro north which ran the train has already told the federal government it will not make the 2015 deadline. it wants an extra three years. so stephanie any system like this is still a ways away. >> lisa, meanwhile the investigation continues. you mentioned speed is a factor. what is th
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
technology that can help to detect a concussion before it's too late. >> lindsay moran is an ex-c.i.a. operative. she was packaging that can one day replace
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm EST
to put you in handcuffs. >> now the innovative technology that can spot a stolen car parked in the middle of a city block. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> it can track a gunman thousands of miles away. >> if you can track it then you can predict it. >>> severe winter storms are causing power outages and caused so much trouble with traffic across the country. temperatures in north dakota plunged to 20 degrees below zero over the weekend. winter weather advisories are in effect from vermont to virginia as the system moves east. we have more on all of this weather across the country. jaleel la. >> the conditions across washington, d.c. to new york city are alley deteriorating. look at the traffic cam right now. the roadways empty. they should be empty. look at that snow piled up on the roadways. that's the scene in washington, d.c. very different scene in new york city. cloudy skies for sure. don't worry, the snow and the sleet is on the way, and temperatures are going to plummet as we track on into the evening hours. take a look at the map here behind me. as a matter of fact, this
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am EST
his time in prison. mars - giving doctors an inside look at his patient's brain. the technology making indepth probes >> bernie madoff says prison is like summer camp. the master mind. largest ponsy scheme in history was interviewed by "the wall street journal" and says they should have known better. madoff says: >> you're about to enter a computer imaging simulator that can take you in the brain, deep into the ocean or fly you over the surface of mars. it may look like an unemployment video game, but it's anything but. >> in this stunning 320 degree cabin of pixels data coles to life. numbers transform into a flight, skipping the surface of farmars known as the cave-2, this environmental was dreamt up by computer scientists at the electronic visualisation lab. >> think of a project room or a war room where you hang up pieces of paper or photographs, and you tape them to the wall and see lots of data at the same time. today it is all stored in computers. rather than print them out, we wanted electronic walls where you can explain information. >> the cave-2 can transform data in the br
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am EST
in the lower income groups. >> and trying to keep up technology. the senate working on a plastic gun ban. >> reporter: this is something that has been in place since the reagan administration, but gun control advocates say there is a problem. what has to happen, any gun that is predominantly made of plastic has to have a metal part to make it secure. one problem is that that metal, that piece of metal under current law can be easily detached. for any reason someone would want to do something like than there is a proposal to make that put in plastic guns. that's likely to fail. >> and you and i know that they will take their vacation , but t seems to america that congress is doing less and less and they're on vacation more and more. >> reporter: when you include the post office namings, and profunctory items, in there is no question. they come in for two days a week. you put it all together they might be here for six months out of the year. they're expected to spend five hours a day at the d this, c or rnc on the phone dialing for dollars, and much of the legislation you see in congress h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is rea
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >>> technology, tighter controls on government snooping. eight companies led by google and microsoft are starting a public campaign urging president obama and congress to curb online spying. tech giants taking out full page ads detailing their concerns. >>> the afghan currencies is falling. this after the u.s. and afghanistan working on that security agreement keeping the u.s. in afghanistan. causing food prices there to skyrocket. >> for more than 10 years the money market in kabul has done a rousing business. afghans making money honestly or otherwise traded on foreign exchange, now it's bisser than t be ever because of the local currency the afghani. the president of afghanistan has still refused to sign a security pact, keeping american troops in afghanistan through 2014. without that the afghan currency is expected to collapse. causing fear in the community. >> if it is not signed people will be panicked and it will affect the economy of the country. people are running away, people are disappointed and our business men are not investing. money dealers are worried because they cannot work con
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 5:00am EST
built during and sent roman times and using technology like 3d scanners and remote control and laser beams they want to see the under groundwater ways. >> translator: and the path of many acducts is not known and the reason is the ancient romans wanted to protect waterways by building these under ground to prevent enemies from cutting their water supplies. >> reporter: most did not survive the test of time but water flows nicely right next to the spanish steps and they were build in 19 before christ and supplying rome with water and it's kilometers away and 2000 years later it's still in use and yet the path and structure remain a bit of a mystery. this is where the water flows into. some of rome's most famous found tans, a celebration of the water that allowed rome to prosper and conquer the world. a few miles away the aquaduct cloud still stands. this was one of the aquaduct mapped by an archeologist who drew a map of this in the 1920s, a starting point for today's archeologist. >> translator: we traveled all over on foot or on chariots asking for people of signs of the aquaduct
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
railroad had a particular technology that monitors the brakes and keeps it from going against the speed limit and more on that in the 7:00 hour. >> thank you. sunday's derailment is the third time this year that metro north is the subject of an ntsb investigation and they are looking into metro north safety procedures after two previous accidents. on may 17 more than 70 people were injured when a metro north train derailed in bridge port, connecticut and struck by another train and two weeks later a man was killed under construction and we will hear more about the derailment investigation. decision day for detroit and a federal judge is expected to announce if the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection and the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in u.s. history and we are joining you from detroit to explain and this is just not about corporate debt movering and could hit residents very hard, couldn't it? >> that is right thomas, good morning to you, there are retirees who used to work for the city and right now they are on edge and i talked to a lot of legal experts about this case
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
technology used by law enforcement to bring down criminals and the crime rate. that's next on al jazeera. >> they are some of the meanest streets in the country. two cities where the california dream has really been fading into a reality of crime, but oakland and richmond, california, are fighting back. not with boots on the ground, but with bots. technologhat can track a gunshot from thousands of miles away. "techknow's" lindsay moran spent time on the ground to find out how this works. >> reporter: oakland and richmond is a network of high tech ears. acoustic sensors that could be a game changing in reducing gun violence. it's part of "shot spotter." within seconds after a gun is fired the system pinpoints the location, and alerts police dispatchers and patrol units. >> the first thing it shows is that there were multiple gunshot fires and give us pinpoint location. i almost have realtime information where shots are being fired and where i'm going. >> here's how it works. when a gun is fired, the sound is picked up and recorded by multiple season cores placed in different locations. ea
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
and hubble telescope, are you developing technology to take you further. >> we're like a baby who just learned to crawl. we need to learn how to walk and then to run. we've really taken the first steps so far. the telescopes we have can find small planets but they can't tell us what is inside the planet, the atmosphere and if there are signs of life on that. with that we need to go to the next generation of space telescope. >> it's alfas nating, but are you going to have the money, the fuel for this technology, for the invasion, are you going to have the money for the work you do in the years to come, the decade to come given that we live in these pretty austere times right now. >> the future is to be determined as you know. and it is true in some ways some people consider this a luxury science. other people have the vision to see that innovation is what keeps our incarceration ahead of the rest of the world. we need to keep that spirit alive. funding things like research will lead to all sorts of applications we can't even dream of. >> you're a dreamer. you lady a team of dreamers. it
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 10:00am EST
and facilities. it falls on municipalities for finding solutions and technology is playing a leading role. this is the future of elderly care. a machine that lives with you in your own home. it keeps an eye on you and relatives and the medical help are just a click away. giraffe louse you to virtuallily enter the home vie a computer and internet. and conduct a visit. >> if i were your granny, what would you do for me? >> take care of people and live independently. >> can granny gets tired can she just say good-bye? >> she can say good-bye. >> see you later. >> different electronic care solution he for the elderly and the giraffe is one of the popular ones. >> people above 80 started to tell me a lot of situations why they could be more independent, where they could gain integrity. if they could have a giraffe in their home. >> inventions like the giraffe are saving money for swedish health care system. money essential for the future care of an aging population. linda lynnvey, al jazeera sweden. >> and that is it and for me the rest of the team in europe. now it's back to doreen in doha. >
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 1:00pm EST
. it calls on local municipalities to find creative solutions, and technology is playing a leading role. this is the future of elderly care. a machine that lives with you in your own home. it keeps an eye on you and relatives and medical help are just a click away. giraffe allows you to enter a home from the computer via the internet and conduct visits with your loved ones. if i was your granny what can you do for me? >> take a look at the kitchen and look at the counter and sink and see if this person is able to take care of themselves and live independently. >> if granny gets tired of you, can she say good-bye. >> she can say good-bye. >> see you later. they have been using different electronic care solutions for the elderly, and the giraffe is one of the popular ones. >> people started to tell me a lot of situations where they could be more i understand pnt and gain integrity if they could have this giraffe in their home. >> reporter: inventions like the giraffe are saving money for the swedish health care system, money essential for the future care of the aging population. al jazeer
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm EST
want a united venezuela. >>> technology companies are demanding, surveillance, written have written an open letter to president barack obama and the congress saying we understand government has a duty to protect their citizens but this summer's revelations, highlighted the need to release government surveillance worldwide. they went on to add the balance has slipped on the way to the state and away from the individual, this undermines the freedomfreedoms we all cherish. and it's also emerged that some of those same companies and their customers have been infiltrated by intelligence agencies. microsoft's x box live network was one of them. under cover officers allegedly used games like world of war craft and second life to scout out potential informants. checked communications between millions of x box gamers. shi has more. >> the more we learn about the scale of the national security agency stages, the less likely we're to trust them. they are calling for the end of bulk data collection, after hoovering up of our international usage, around also more transparency and accountability
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
to be sharing in cost and technology. the potential issue would be with the frequent flier program right? which is going to be about 100 million people in the new combined entity. by the way delta was number 1, now they become number 1. i think biggest issue we have to grapple with, is what is to become of that? i just got a letter the next year for american is going to be business as usual. same thing for u.s. air. i think it is going to be several months -- >> can i propose something a bigger issue for folks? jarrod, are we likely to see higher ticket prices? >> this is a great statistic, a lot of folks have asked me that the last couple of weeks. did you know ticket prices are down 50% since 1980, can according to airlines for america, they are a good outfit, 50% decrease, by the way gas prices are up 35% and there has been a ton of consolidation. what will lead to higher ticket prices is oil. and if oil prices rise, if diesel prices rise, which is basically what jet fuel is that's where you're going to see the rise in ticket prices in my opinion. >> i'm going to jump ahead. give me your ide
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 5:00am EST
. >> the current president of the u.n. security council, the french ambassador, says drone technology is commonplace, not much more sophisticated than a toy model aircraft. he believes the u.n. will end up using many more of them. >> translation: there are other missions saying already, we will need drones that will improve protection of soldiers to see if threats are out there and ensure protection of civilians. >> for now, the u.n. says the drones in the congo are a one-off but their effectiveness is being monitored. >> the u.s. city of detroit has been given the go ahead to file for bankruptcy. it's a below to trade unions who challenged the decision because it paves the way for spending cuts. pensions could be cut and city assets sold to pay off $18 billion debt. >> every year 3,000 people in sweden end up in hospital following cycling accidents. it hasn't encouraged people to wear hements, but a new invention could change lies. >> about 85,000 people ride bike daily, but only a third wear he'll mments. >> why should you wear a helmet. i crashed with a helmet. it cracked in two pi
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Dec 4, 2013 10:00am EST
made ground work for cinematography. once technology caught up with the art, modern day film as we know it, or talkies were born. and silent film effectively disappeared. the golden age of the american silent film lasted from 1912 to 1939. during that period nearly 11,000 movies were made. but most can't be seen today. only a quarter have survived in this their entirety. a lot of them in a lower quality than the original format. another 5% incomplete. one of them is this version of cleopatra. the minutes are preserved and now prized as a cinematic classic. the latest study released blames decay and neglect for the loss. the first generation of film stock was made of nitrate, but movie studios have also played a role in destroying prints and negatives, and along with it a part of history. >>> fantastic. let's talk more about this now with michael hogan. he joins us live from new york. michael good to have you with us. this is a tragedy, isn't it? a cultural legacy lost. >> thank you. well, it is. you know, there are 11,000 of these films were made, that's almost 600 a year, and to think
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
of the story. we have not had any new amazing technologies, even though we have cellphones, it it's not as the space. nothing new for the working class. >> is there something new that the president should have said? >> i think a minimum wage increase is an important part of the solution. we think of people who are in it for the summertime or transitioning young people in the labor market, but increasingly we see people in this these jobs as adults in for the long haul. >> wait a minute-- >> that being said--please, go ahead. >> you're going to hear the arguments that you normally hear, it kills jobs, cripples the economy, and causes layoffs. >> we could reason this and have abstract discussions b when i go to mcdonald's they can't put a robot in to flip my burger. will it shut down these jobs? well, these are exactly the jobs that are on the margins, that are the poorest people who need the money the most. it will increase the demand by these people for products. so it actually--the counter valing force will be increased demand for prosecutes. it's not just a sum, but it grows. >>
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
and technology companies, led to wall street fat cats and techies. computers and robots have taken a lot of the jobs since the 1970s. the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. president obama has suggested to bump it up to about $10 an hour. one study suggests the minimum wage should be really closer to $22 an hour. overall improvements in the economy are not being felt by most people which concerns the president who worries the american dream of working to a better life may be turning to just that: a dream. >> jonlt, thank you. the struggling economy has some communities threatening to take dramatic action. a wealthy neighborhood in baton rouge wants to make another city. not the only city facing this economic divide. it's been faced by other comuns who wanted to form their own city. ben where does this effort stand? >> well john it really seems like it's starting to gain some traction. this group tried over the past few years to get legislation passed to try to get their own school district. but lawmakers slapped that down saying only an official municipality could run their own schools. so
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:00am EST
. they are an inspiration, and could inspire technology i of the future despite being one of the most loathed insect. we explain the new-found interest. >> the cockroach roamed the planet to 100 million years, developing extraordinary abilities. it can run 1.5 metres a second, climb walls and move quickly with precision in the dark. they have attracted the attention of scientists. >> one thing it can teach us is how the mechanical stim -- system is tuned. the legs are springy, allowing them to roddickalize. >> they are interested in how the antennas work. they make use of hairs which feel and group as the cockroach moves. >> we are trying to understand how we can translate principles of cann mall notion to build better search and residue robots in environments that, for example, responders cannot get to. rubble after an earthquake or pros tetics, and how we can think about the interplay between the nervous system of the animals and mechanics in their body. understanding how it works in terms of physical and nervous system is a first step. researchers hope to bring the extraordinary ability to a new gen
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00am EST
need to do to make us better, that fits our needs. >> and it is leadier in health care and technology. pittsburgh does tunes the huge wealth -- >> thank you very much. three wickets, could have been better in the final session of three. after some ill tempered exchanges in the first half, no less competitive this i'mout. >> we still hate each other's guts. [ laughter ] >> i told michael clarke i'd rip his ears off. this is also going to be a bit of a niggle. >> a lot's being said, but i don't think that either side is upset about it. it was pretty good. i didn't really see, you know excessive sledging or anything like that. it's still very competitive, but you expect that. >> >> no oh current new zealand players are being investigated. no games placed in new zealand are being investigated. no matches are being investigated. >> new zealand on the field are in a good position. they are following on, still trailed by more than 200 runs. >> manchester united david moises doing his best, beaten 1-0 by his former club. edmonton with their first win at united in 20 years. they are 12 points
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Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
comfortable home. and eats putar technology enterprise zone, where tax rates are low and creativity is high. >> they left sill can valley for this city famous for its steel. >> . >> there's reasons to stay. >> it is the pittsburgh miracle. it became year in the 80's, market portions working to replace the steel industry, through regulation and a partnership between government, industry, and universities the city clawed back. >> i cannot recall pittsburgh saying they want to be like somebody else. >> the history is always busiest loyal to their hometown, helped them become a leadner healthcare. >> to celebrate it, they are going to indicate the success, so much as a last of failure, pittsburgh rates 50 second out of the u.s.' 100 largest cities. based on job growth, unemployment, y.d.p. and home prices. >> such a huge disparities of wealth, that plague modern america. the try reveals failure. emotional leaders he says only a national plan to get jobs and equitable growth will do. >> 2500 homeless children in this area. you have an infant mortality right among the african-american population
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Dec 8, 2013 4:00pm EST
warning, okay? i don't want to put you in handcuffs. >> now the innovative technology that can spot a stolen car parked in the middle of a city block. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> it can track a gunman thousands of miles away. >> if you can track it then you can predict it. >> welcome back to al jazeera i'm jonathan betz. the nation's heardland took a beating from a major winter storm. today that storm is headed for the east coast. they are expecting snow, ice, rain from washington to boston. it knocked out power and grounded flights from texas to ohio. >> a severe gold snap is blanketing much of the nation's midsection. freezing temperatures and slick roads making for dangerous continues. in lewisville texas an ice patch sent the driver of a pick-up out of control, flipping it over a guardrail into the icy waters. the driver was killed in the crash. rescue teams called in to lift the pick-up tluk -- truck from the freezing lake. >> from texas to oklahoma, turned over trucks, traffic backed up for miles, black ice forcing drivers to creep along roadwa roadways, and som
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00pm EST
in handcuffs. >> now the innovative technology that can spot a stolen car parked in the middle of a city block. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> it can track a gunman thousands of miles away. >> if you can track it then you can predict it. >> moving to east asia, china and japan are fighting over islands in the east china sea and now south korea is in the mention. seoul has claimed air space of water beijing says it owns. here is the story >> reporter: south korea's announcement may be about invisible lines in the air but they extend over disputed areas of land and sea. this is what south korea calls yodo, a submerged rocky reef, home to a science station and under it's de facto control. these strategic waters and rocks are claimed by beijing and seuol. >> south korea has asserted rights in the air above. >> translator: the new korean air space defense identification zone has been modified to be in line with the country's flight information region, which does not overlap with neighboring countries. this zone includes the air space over iado's waters. >> seuol's move comes two wheys a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
. >> the lab is holding an open house for anyone wanting to experience the emergence of technology in person. at the end of the second hour, here is what we are following this morning. an american detained in north korea for more than a month is released. 85-year-old merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco. meanwhile delegates from iran, the u.s. and five other world powers are preparing to iron out the details of a deal to monitor iran's nuclear program. talks are set for next week and will focus on how and when iran's nuclear facilities will be inspected. >> and nelson mandela - people are leaving flowers, prayers. i'm morgan radford. thank you for watching. richelle carey up next. >> flowers overflowing for the father of south africa. celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >> glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the dprk government to help me be on my way. >> heading home, an 85-year-old man detained in north korea heading for the united states. >> hundreds of flights cancel. >> hopefully they'll make changes that will affect the industry. >> and a megabrokerage firm set
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
to be a doctor. >> he wants to be an information technology. >> there is now a dangerous gap between the promise of education and what it actually delivers. schools boast a 70% pass rate, but to graduate, students only need 30% on their exams, a third of them won't be literate by the time they leave. >> in the end of the 12 years study, about 60% of those young people have fallen out of the system, so it also has to do with the curriculum. it has to do with the kind of training that our teachers had. >> schools are still struggling with the legend of apartheid. this generation is bearing the scars of the system much longer than nelson mandela imagined. >> the world economic forum of switzerland ranked south africa 146 out of one fought eight countries in education, ranking last in mathematics and science. >> officials in singapore are cleaning up after a riot. crowds attacked police and set cars on fire. dozens were injured and 27 people arrested. it is the first riot in more than four decades. >> it's a police car under attack. the crowd eventually overturns a vehicle, others they set on fire.
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Dec 6, 2013 8:00pm EST
and zag et s and technology that is not a available in the work environment. >> they stick to ra to respect. they get the job done and think know what it is to have team-work. that is important to employers and they work as a unit. hohow has the government handled the vet rans ranks and veteranst jobs. >> there is a lot f of informatn on the welcome bac website and s military career collegue collegn get students into programs that will match up their capabilities. and the student veteran of america organization as also that can help them out. the point is we want them -- i'm sorry you go ahead. >>. >> i want to make sure that the employers know the skills that these men and women have. one things they have is interpersonal skills. they have been working with people from different cul cultus and rewill i g religions and etk background when they get into an ofltiooffice environment they cp the team-work efes efficiently. >> what do veterans say when they call you up and talk to you about looking for a job? >> will the first thing they want to know, "where do we go"? gh t go to your
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